Lakers vs. Hawks Pick
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Lakers are a 2-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 222 points.
Los Angeles opened at -2 where it currently is, while the total has gone down slightly from 222.5. The Lakers can be found at -2.5 at certain books.
As of Monday afternoon, 78 percent of public bets are coming in on the visiting Lakers. Online wager info also shows that 55 percent of bets are siding with the over.
INJURY TO WATCH
Lakers forward Channing Frye underwent an appendectomy and is expected to be out until early March. For the Hawks, forward DeAndre Bembry has an adominal strain and is doubtful to play tonight.
I like the Lakers here as a small favorite against a Hawks team committed to giving their young players as much playing time as possible. Actually, that's somewhat the Lakers strategy too but with some veterans such as Isaiah Thomas and Brook Lopez thrown into the mix. Los Angeles won the first meeting this season 132-113 at home and has won three straight in the series, covering the spread each time. The Lakers are coming in with two straight wins, while the Hawks have lost three in a row. Expect those trends to continue here.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: LOS ANGELES LAKERS -2